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Louisville: A Constitution Town

Published: April 11, 2015 2:25 PM
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“Lasting Traditions with a New Flair!”

Thanks to local resident Olga T. Weber, Louisville has been commemorating “Constitution Day” since 1952. On Sept. 17, 1952,

Congressman Frank T. Bow spoke at a program organized by Mrs. Weber at the high school auditorium, sponsored by the newly formed committee “For the Preservation of the Constitution.” From that point until now, the committee has evolved and sponsored the oldest continuous observance of “Constitution Day” in the country.

The Constitution Committee had new leadership that began in 2014. Constitution Committee President Joyce Hudnell, and the Chamber’s Executive Director, Rhonda Griffin are both lifelong residents of Louisville who have been working together. They, along with Mayor Pat Fallot and City Manager Tom Ault, have created new events downtown and energize the upcoming festival.

The Constitution Festival Committee has planned new and exciting events along with the traditional ones that will take place beginning Sept. 10 and run through Sept. 20.

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“One of my goals as president is to enhance our events, and I think you will agree as you attend the Festival, Prayer Breakfast, Pageants and Parade we have accomplished this,” Hudnell said. “I am most proud of the fact that we were able to bring the Naturalization Ceremony to our city and show our new citizens why we are Constitution Town. This is definitely the highlight of the week, and an event you should attend.”
One of the new events leading into the festival will be “The Hungry Games” a youth night out, hosted by the Constitution Queen and her court. They will gather at Metzger Park Sept. 10 from 4-8 p.m. for music, amusement rides, and games, while enjoying pizza from local shops and voting for their favorite.

The official kick off of the three-day festival will begin Friday, Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. with an added processional of “First Responders” through downtown to Metzger Park at which time a ceremony in their honor will take place at the Blue Star Memorial. This will include luminary lanterns being let off in honor of those lives lost. The festival will feature amusement rides, crafts and food vendors, fun for the whole family.

The highlight of the evening will feature live entertainment provided by Country Music Star Ricky Lee and The Band America! This stop will be part of his “Small Town America Tour” culminating with fireworks bursting in the sky showing our American Pride!

The festival will reopen at 11 a.m. on Saturday with added features including the pet parade, Constitution Car Show, musical entertainment, along with crafters and food vendors. The festival continues through Sunday and will come to a close with “Rock the Park”, a Christian Music Concert.

The Chamber itself is hosting several new events this year, all open to the public.

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“My goal is to involve all of our chamber members, at these events, enabling them to present themselves to the community and show what they have to offer,” Griffin said. “I strongly feel if we all work together and get back to the basics of patronizing and supporting our local businesses, we will be able to stimulate economic growth within our community.”

Louisville has many family owned and operated businesses over 100 years old. This is a testament to the dedication of those committed to seeing their community thrive.

The events begin April 25 at The Foltz Community Center with “April In Paris”, a buffet dinner and show featuring Michael Sonata, one of the most sought after Frank Sinatra tribute artists in the country. On Saturday, May 16, they will be hosting a car show at the Foltz Community Center’s 20 Year Anniversary Celebration.

New “Downtown Summer Series” events will be held Wednesday evenings from 5-8 p.m. Cruise-Ins will be May 20, June 10, and July 22. Cars can cruise into downtown Louisville and park on South Mill and Gorgas streets around the green space.

DJ “Chris Corbie” will be playing oldies, dash plaques and door prizes for cruisers, raffles and a 50/50 drawing to benefit chamber community programs. Chamber member businesses, organizations and food vendors will be set up on the green space and members open downtown will include Kate’s Place restaurant, Uptown Joe coffee shop, Beatty’s Sports, Kerchner’s Kards, and the “Ahh” Art & History Gallery which is part of the 20/20 vision with ArtsinStark, the city and chamber.

Music Fests will be featured downtown on Aug. 12 and Sept. 9.
The Constitution Car Show will be Sept. 12 at Metzger Park, held in conjunction with the three-day festival.

October will bring out the “Scarecrows on Parade” at Giant Eagle Oct. 10 – 24, then the auctioning of the “crows” at the annual Adult Halloween Party Oct. 24 at the Louisville Eagles. They will end the year Dec. 6 when they “Light Up Louisville” downtown from 3-7 p.m.

For more information on event dates and times, see their display ad or visit www.louisvilleohchamber.org or www.louisvilleconstitution.org. They invite everyone from all over Ohio to come and be a part of the festivities and see all that Louisville has to offer.


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